Improve your daily hair care routine with these 10 products designed to keep your hair long, shiny, and healthy anytime of year.
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I used to be convinced that my hair was just a sad, dry, impossibly straight mess that I would be forced to live with. But since making a big chop in 2017, I’ve carefully grown my hair back to its prior, waist-length glory.
As I meticulously planned trims and examined my shorter strands, I realized that *just maybe* I wasn’t taking good care of my hair. Frustrated by empty promises by drugstore brands, hoping to eventually stumble onto the right holy grail product that would make all of my dreams come true.
As it turns out, there’s no real replacement for good overall hair care. I love my long hair, but it does take time and effort to keep it looking its best. Thankfully there are so many fantastic and fairly inexpensive products to aid my efforts in keeping my hair long and healthy.
Keep reading for my holy grail products for long hair, along with my physical best practices. The best and most rewarding things always take effort, and your hair is no exception. Give your locks the love they deserve and watch them flourish!
Top 3 Products for Long Hair:
- Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil
- Pronexa Hair Bond Repairing Complex
- Big Sexy Hair Powder Play Volumizing & Texturizing Powder
General Healthy Hair Practices
While using the best products to take care of your hair is important, it’s only half the battle. Products will fall short if you’re not taking good care of your hair in general. Below I’ve listed my go-to practices to ensure I’m being gentle and giving my hair the care that it needs.
Use a Sulfate-Free Shampoo
Sulfates are detergents that strip your hair of essential oils. This can weaken your hair follicles and cause breakage over time. They can also strip your hair of color if it is color-treated. Here’s a list of sulfate-free shampoos for you to try. I haven’t found a favorite yet, but when I do I will be sure to post about it.
Conditioning your hair replinishes moisture and helps it stay looking shiny and healthy. This is an essential part to having healthy strands, so don’t skip this step!
It’s no secret that heat is incredibly damaging to hair. When possible, do your best to avoid heat styling. this is one of the biggest tips I’ve incorporated into my routine that has kept my hair healthy. If you love curls, try using one of these three heatless curl methods that will save you time and breakage.
Brushing your hair, while necessary, is one of the biggest causes of hair breakage. Thankfully, this can be remedied with a couple of choice brushes designed to be gentle on the hair. Below I’ve listed my favorite wet hair brush as well as a boar bristle brush. Both of these are gentle on hair while getting the job done.
Something I worried about a great deal when I went 100% vegan was my hair thinning. I became very mindful of what foods were healthy for my hair, and where my diet may be inconsistent with certain nutrients. Ensure you’re eating a balanced diet and supplement with a multivitamin to make up for any nutrients you may be lacking.
Get Regular Trims
I get my hair trimmed about every twelve weeks. This can vary from person to person. It’s important to make sure you’re giving your hair the opportunity to grow longer, and broken ends make that process more challenging.
This cult favorite bonding treatment did wonders for my hair. Designed to be used weekly, it improves the strength and bonds of your hair. This product will help strengthen your hair over time. This leads to less breakage and split ends, which helps your hair grow longer and fuller.
If this product were to disappear tomorrow, I would probably break down and cry. While that sounds pretty dramatic, the difference this hair oil makes in my hair IS dramatic. It’s one of those products I’ve been searching for forever, and put off by the $28 price tag for 1 fluid ounce of product, I would wistfully pass it in Sephora.
With oils of any sort, a little truly goes a long way. With just a few drops, this oil transforms my hair. Making it iridescent, with impossible shine that stays all day. Unlike some hair oils, this bonding oil doesn’t weigh your hair down. I use it readily at the top of my hair because it gives such a lovely shine without the soppy oil look. This is one of my absolute favorite products for long hair.
I tap a few drops into my palm, rub my hands together, and comb through my hair. Starting at the ends, I work my way up the hair. With the scant remains of oil on my hands after the main application, I gently rub down the top of my hair (not quite to the roots).
If you’re looking for one product to repair your dry and damaged hair on this list, pick this one. While I did love the Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3, this treatment gave me better results. It has the most incredible scent (though it is VERY strong) that lasts for days. Beyond that, my hair was impossibly soft after just one use. I was completely obsessed, asking Evan to pet my ponytail so he could feel the magic for himself (he didn’t care all that much).
When I tried the Olaplex Hair Perfector No 3 I thought it would make my hair feel even better, but this product won in my opinion. It gave my hair a silky smoothness that is simply unparalleled by any other conditioning treatment I’ve tried.
A wet hairbrush is a must for detangling long, wet hair. For caucasian hair (like mine) breakage is most likely to happen when the hair is wet, making brushing a tenuous task. This wet hairbrush has lasted me years, and I see versions of it in almost every salon I’ve been in. At $10, it’s an inexpensive investment in the longevity of your hair.
After getting out of the shower and pat drying my hair, I start gently brushing out my hair. Starting at the ends, I work my way up. If there’s a tangle, I do my best to isolate the areas and detangle with my fingers. Then I gently brush over it with the wet brush.
Get a little bit of the Mason Pearson treatment without the price tag. A boar bristle hair brush is one of the best products for long hair. Oil naturally builds up in your scalp after each wash. Since the longer part of your hair is far from the scalp, the oil doesn’t get evenly distributed.
A boar bristle brush aids your hair health by helping to transfer this natural oil to the drier parts of your hair.
When your hair is dry, flip your hair and start brushing toward your crown from the nape of your neck. Continue to brush from the roots, working your way around the back of your hair. After brushing through my roots for 30 seconds to a minute, I flip my head over. Then I start at the ends of my hair and work my way through.
The kindest way to treat your delicate wet hair is to air-dry. If I’m in a pinch, or find that I want a little extra volume I use this hair dryer. I let my hair dry about 80%, until the only dampness I feel is around my scalp. I use alligator clips to section my hair in three parts, and start with the section closest to my shoulders. Then I spray heat protectant on each section before I blow dry, with emphasis on my roots.
I always blow dry on the “low” setting to reduce the amount of heat going on my hair.
A satin pillowcase is essential for preventing breakage in your hair overnight. While I usually have my hair in a bun while I sleep, a satin pillowcase won’t pull or rub against my hair in a damaging way.
This Bumble & Bumble dry shampoo powder is my favorite dry shampoo I’ve ever used. When you wash your hair often, you’re stripping it of essential oils that can leave your scalp and your strands dry. To tide my hair over between washes, dry shampoo is a godsend. While this powder can be used in the morning, I always find that I’m happier with the result if I use it the night before.
To use, sprinkle the powder over your scalp and strands as needed. Help distribute the powder with your fingers, shaking gently through your hair. If you’re using the night before, don’t worry about any white powder spots. Overnight, the powder will absorb the oil and won’t be visible in the morning. If you’re using in the morning, simply use a little less powder and ensure you evenly distribute it and shake through your hair so there are no white powder spots.
This powder can also be used if you have fine hair that needs a bit of texture. You can shake a scant amount of powder over your fine strands to create a thicker, more textured appearance.
Turbie Twist Microfiber Hair Towel
I love LOVE this hair towel for drying my hair. It is highly absorbent without being damaging to my wet hair. It also dries my hair faster. Even with my long hair, it wraps up nicely and comfortably and it stays for as long as I need it to.
Often when it comes to long hair, any sort of volume can go out the window. The longer strands tend to pull the roots of the hair down, making it appear flat. My favorite remedy to this common issue is with this volumizing powder.
To use, simply lift the hair around your part in thin layers. I typically sprinkle this product in thin, horizontal layers until I reach the hair next to my brows. This gives me plenty of volume without the need to blow dry, and it’s quick.